perplexed as I am by the existence of Stewart’s “Mountain Brew Ice,”
I’m even more captivated by the fact there’s a light version. That would
seem to imply that the original was so popular that there’s enough
demand for another product (but without much difference). Mountain Brew
Light is a tad better than its forbearer, but still a pretty lousy beer
I poured a 12oz can into a frosted mug. It was canned on 11/19/14. A six-pack cost $2.99 ($0.50 a can or $0.04 per ounce).
Appearance: More of a yellow proper hue, though it could be considered
light gold. Crystal clear body (after the frost on the mug melts, that
is). Initially pours to a large, brilliant white, frothy head, but it
eventually dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Faint corn cereal scent, slightly sweet. Otherwise not much aroma at all.
Taste: While I don’t think Mountain Brew Light is vastly superior to its
bigger brother, I do notice quite a difference in taste. Mostly due to
the fact I can actually drink more than a few ounces of this at a time.
Not that there’s a lot (or anything) to taste here, though. Only a faint
Corn Flakes-like sweetness. No malt or hop character at all.
Thankfully, not much metallic or starch or tangy off-flavors (there is a
bit of a dirty taste, but it’s faint and probably due to the fact the
can is so old). It actually quite watery-tasting. Not terrible, but this
would be doubly good if it were merely mediocre.
Drinkability: At only 3.9%, Mountain Brew Light definitely lives up to
its name. And with a paper thin mouthfeel and watery taste and texture,
it does that in more ways than one. I was expecting this to be crisp and
bubbly, but much like the “Ice,” it was noticeable flat and calm.
Perhaps a bit refreshing on the tongue and very little aftertaste. If
you had access to ice-cold cans you might be able to session this
because it’s so bland – though why not just drink water instead?